Civil Air Patrol Cadet History Project

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The Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program:

Was established on 1 October 1942.  Its original purpose was to prepare the youth of America to serve their country during World War II.

How Civil Air Patrol Cadet History Project began:

This site was initially created July 2012 as a vehicle for a comprehensive history of the CAP cadet program, which was available as a Powerpoint presentation.  Over time, the contents of the Powerpoint have been integrated into this website.

With the help of CAP members and historians nationwide, this website has grown beyond the presentation.  Through a variety of other efforts and projects, many people have worked countless volunteer hours to ensure CAP's history is protected and preserved.  They have graciously shared some of their archives and resources with me. 

This is a tribute to the cadet program we love and revere.

Where should you start?

Of course, I realize not everyone has the same level of interest in history.  A good start might be with the photo galleries or quick history, then move on from that point.  The quick history gives you an overview of each generation of the cadet program, including uniforms, training, and promotion.  The timeline covers cadet program history in the context of US and World history.  If you want to research with the same sources I used, many manuals and documents are in the library, with more to come.  The Encyclopedia Minutiae gets into the nitty-gritty, the smallest details of each cadet program.

I particularly enjoyed the conversations that lead to the writing of the "Cadet Stories."  They breathe life into dry documents and provide details you just can't get anywhere else.  I hope you enjoy reading them.

This is a perpetual work in progress:

The site will change frequently.

I hope this website will be a useful resource for all historians. 

The information presented here is the result of thousands of hours of research using original manuals, pamphlets, reports, newsletters, documents, and letters - most of which are on this website.

Please see the disclaimers at the bottom of this page.

Published 1956
"A 'Mock Raid' - and the Civil Air Patrol was invited... but somebody
 crashed the party with real bullets!"

Cadet ribbons, 1964-85, also known as cartoon
ribbons, and Cap'n Crunch ribbons




What's new at CAPC History:

It looks like Go Daddy has backed off of the forced "upgrade."  What a relief!  Eventually I will probably make the move, but it will take many months.  After all, this website took two years to get it where it is today.

Dear readers: Do you have anything to contribute?  Manuals, photos, stories... Send 'em my way please.

A word about the photos on this site: I am working to improve the description and information for each photo where I can.  Unfortunately, some of the information is lost to time.  I try to at least provide an approximate date and location.

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